I ♥ my Laundry fires up Fondue Thursdays!


I my Laundry has fired up Cape Town since it opened in March, and has shown the energy of its co-owners Clayton Howard and Mico Botha in constantly coming up with new ideas of attracting business into their unique laundry restaurant, and in connecting Capetonians and tourists. Now it hosts Fondues on Thursday evenings, creating another cosy opportunity to enjoy good food and meet interesting fellow-eaters.

The laundry sorting table seats fourteen, and groups of three pots are spread across the table, one with a beef consommé, into which one dips one’s beef cubes (two types), mushrooms, potatoes, and slices of green peppers, all beautifully presented in groups over the table.  Another pot is filled with Emmentaler cheese to which Kirschwasser was added, for which ciabatta, panini and baguette slices were offered, to dip into this rich mix.

As if this was not enough to eat already, a third fondue pot contained chocolate, for which there were marshmallows (which melt when dipped into the mixture), finger biscuits, cake, apple slices, citrus segments, and banana slices, which was my personal favourite.

There are more than enough fondue forks on the table, and one can place colour-coded forks in more than one fondue pot, to have something on the boil all the time.  The fondue pots are fired up by an international ‘Pate a fondue fuel paste’, a gel available at local supermarkets.  Clayton, Mico and Gerhard, as hosts, constantly check that the fondue pots are generating the right degree of heat, and offer wine per bottle or glass.  I had a glass of Mount Rozier Cabernet Sauvignon at R25.

Two different sets of friends were celebrating birthdays on Thursday evening, and by the end of the evening, many had become friends.  At R125 per head, the Fondue evenings are good value and great fun.

my Laundry, 59 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town. Tel 084 660 0777 (Clayton)/083 6020291 (Mico) www.Ilovemylaundry.co.za Twitter:@ILovemyLaundry,  Monday – Sunday.  No credit cards.

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio:  www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage

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